Category Archive: Belgium

Belgium: Bet-at-Home v. Belgium update

Last Monday (17 December 2012) Bet-at-Home and the Belgian State pleaded before the President of Brussels’s Court of First Instance in a case initiated by Bet-at-Home attacking Belgium’s much discussed blacklisting practice. Read the rest of this entry »

Belgium: Advertising of games of chance attracts scrutiny

 The Jury for Ethical Practices on advertisements, the Belgian advertising regulator has recently considered a complaint relating to the marketing of games of chance. Read the rest of this entry »

Belgium: the first to regulate social?

At the World Regulatory Briefing in Brussels last week, comments made by the Belgian Gaming Commission’s legal counsel suggest casino-style social games could be the next to be regulated. Read the rest of this entry »

Belgium: Promotional games and contests – look before you leap!

With the Saint Nicolas (“Sinterklaas”, a typical Belgian and Dutch feast), Christmas and New Year period coming up, many companies intend to organize promotional games and contests which allow participants to win prizes, free products, etc. when participating. This is done both via classical media (radio, television and magazines) and online via their websites or social media web pages. Under Belgian law, the organization of such games and contests, if not properly organized, may be subject to criminal sanctions. Read the rest of this entry »

Belgium: Bet-at-home the latest operator to challenge the blacklist

It was announced in Belgian media this weekend that Malta-based Bet-at-home.com Entertainment Ltd., an online sports betting and casino games operator, has initiated legal proceedings against the Belgian State by means of an interim procedure before the Brussels’ Court of First Instance. Read the rest of this entry »

Belgium: Aftermath of bwin blacklist judgment – practical considerations for stakeholders

Antoon Dierick (DLA Piper, Brussels) outlines the findings in bwin.party’s court case against the Belgian State/Belgian Gaming Commission and discusses the practical implications of the judgment. Read the rest of this entry »

Belgium: Treasury and Gaming Commission disagree on taxation of gambling winnings

A few months ago, we highlighted in the “Juristenkrant“, a Belgian legal magazine, the discussions pending between the Belgian Treasury (Public Service of Finances) and the Belgian Gaming Commission, on the taxation of winnings generated from play in online games. Read the rest of this entry »

Belgium: an update on bwin.party’s challenge to the blacklist

As recently announced, Friday 25 May 2012, the President of the Court of First Instance in Brussels heard the pleadings of the parties in the Bwin vs Belgium case, after Bwin had initiated interlocutory proceedings as a result of Bwin’s recent (9 May 2012) listing on the Belgian Gaming Commission’s blacklist and the blocking of the website www.bwin.com as a result of it. Read the rest of this entry »

Belgium: bwin.party takes aim at the licensing conditions

Belgium has forged ahead with a licensing system for online gambling that requires any licence holder to either already operate a land-based gambling business or partner with one that does, despite clear protests from the European Commission based on the allegedly discriminatory nature of such a requirement. Read the rest of this entry »

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